A rigorous and analytical approach; a frontal and inclusive aesthetic. Attentive to contemporary codes, the Belgian architect Bernard Dubois designs sensitive spaces. Better, he blurs the lines between genres and, free from conventional architecture, allows it to live in context. In each project, surfaces meet and explain themselves: classic, modernist, post-modernist, Bernard Dubois draws inspiration from the different trends to create a coherence, to bring together what the history of architecture opposes.
His architecture reflects his personality: graduating from La Cambre in 2009, Bernard Dubois escaped a family heritage of engineers and doctors, having studied chemistry and photography for three years. He worked, for a time, on a competition with a former associate of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) to deliver a strategic vision for the European quarter of Brussels.
A real springboard for his career, Dubois represented Belgium at the Venice Biennale in 2014: his research on a hundred Belgian interiors formed the basis of a new architectural grammar.
Bernard Dubois continues to carry out an active reflection on subjects that are close to his heart, notably as co-director of the AA Visiting School Brussels (Architecture Association), a summer school held in Brussels since 2016.
This gives rise to new perspectives and levels of reading which are expressed in the variety of his projects: six showrooms and boutiques for the fashion designer Nicolas Andreas Taralis and, in parallel, the creation of furniture for the Balice Hertling gallery in Paris and Patricia Low gallery in Gstaad. Today, a well-supplied order book opens up new avenues for Bernard Dubois: residential interior architecture projects for contemporary art collectors; several boutiques for the Italian leather goods brand Valextra; the construction of a villa in Belgium, a building in West Hollywood Los Angeles and two flagships in Paris and New York for Zadig & Voltaire. In another field, in the spring of 2017, Bernard Dubois designed the Brussels edition of the Contemporary Art Fair “Independent”.
Whatever the nature of the project, the vocation of Bernard Dubois’ architecture is to be informed, contextual and fundamentally cultural. Today, he aspires to more complex projects, from the façade to the interior detail. Obviously, changing hats is a game for him, a game he handles with precision.
© Damian Noszkowicz